New Jersey is home to 66 Title IV degree-granting institutions. These schools have five things in common: (1) they have been in business for at least two years, (2) they have signed a participation agreement with the Department, (3) they grant an associate's degree or higher, (4) they have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and (5) they offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Title IV schools are eligible for Title IV federal financial-aid programs, which makes them more accessible to future students.
Many New Jersey Title IV schools offer exceptional graphic design programs and many are affordable—especially for in-state students. Just a few top New Jersey schools for graphic designers include Rutgers, New Jersey City University, and Kean University. Take a look at the most expensive to least expensive graphic design schools below and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive to Least Expensive New Jersey Graphic Design Schools
Montclair State University, Montclair – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $11,540, nonresidents $20,254; Graduate residents $11,555 per year (taking 9 credits per semester), nonresidents $16,669 per year (taking 9 credits per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,954 (taking 12 credits or more each semester, Arts & Sciences), nonresidents $25,249 (taking 12 credits or more each semester, Arts & Sciences); Graduate residents $15,888 (taking 12 credits or more each semester, Graduate School), nonresidents $25,920 (taking 12 credits or more each semester, Graduate School) for the 2014-2015 school year.
The College of New Jersey, Ewing – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,562, nonresidents $21,175; Graduate residents $12,114 (9 credit hours per semester), $19,154 nonresidents for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
William Patterson University, Wayne – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $8,910, nonresidents $16,586, Graduate residents $13,541, nonresidents $22,349 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Rowan University, Glassboro – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $8,352, nonresidents $15,744 for the 2014-2015 school year.
New Jersey City University, Jersey City – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,704, nonresidents $15,973; Graduate residents $9,683 (9 credits per semester), nonresidents $17,095 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Kean University, Union – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,345, nonresidents $13,754; Graduate residents $12,461, nonresidents $16,889 for the 2014-2015 school year.
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New Jersey Graphic Design Scene
New Jersey is a good fit for aspiring graphic designers for several reasons. It offers a quick commute to New York and it is home to hundreds of creative agencies that are always looking for top talent. Finally, with more than 5,000 salaried graphic designers and hundreds of self-employed designers, New Jersey’s graphic design community is one of the largest in the nation. Salaries are impressive as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for New Jersey graphic designers is $51,420, up from $49,590 in 2008.
Around 90 percent of the state’s residents live in bustling metropolitan areas. Not surprisingly, the graphic design scene is strong in major cities such as Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, and Elizabeth. While most graphic designers here work in advertising, others work in areas such as publishing (magazine, books, newspapers), public relations, specialized design services, printing and related services, and computer systems design.
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